John Bartlett Fearing
Featured Character – 1861-1862
Although born in
“We returned the shots until we had no ammunition, then retreated under the heaviest shelling any man ever saw; we were compelled to run and fall at almost every step to escape the fragments. Some of our men were killed, some wounded, some cut off.”
Captured at Hatteras, Fearing spent a short time in several Union prison camps before his exchange and release. In 1863, Fearing abruptly resigned his commission and returned home. He took the oath of allegiance, and even paid $2 in federal income tax to support the ongoing war. Fearing continued in business as a grocer although the 1870 Census listed his net worth at little more than half its 1860 value. After Emma Fearing died in 1867, John B. Fearing married Mollie Elizabeth Commander, niece of Cedar Vale’s Mary Elizabeth Commander, in 1879. John Bartlett Fearing died on January 14, 1888.